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Ehud
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/13/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Stage T2a, Gleason 6, PSA 1.3.  I am interested in robotic surgery.  Has anyone had any favorable experiences using any urologist in Florida?  I am uncomfortable with the limited surgical (robotic) experience of my current urologist. 

kziz
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 6/13/2007 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Ehud, sorry to welcome you here, but you found the right place. We also wanted the robotic, but found very limited experience here in OK. We went to Austin Texas to Dr. ***in. In our part of the country, he was the best and we loved him. Good luck to you. Others here will know of docs closer to you. I will say that traveling for the surgery was not as bad as we expected. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-14-07 in Austin
Post-Op  Gleason 6, Stage t2c nx mx  YAAAAA HOOOOOO! 
1st PSA Post OP  Undetectable!!!!!!  OFF THE CHART
2nd CT scan, to recheck enlarged lymph nodes not related to PCa NO CHANGE relook in 6 months


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/13/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Ehud - My husband had surgery (laproscopic radical prostectomy) at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa FL - Dr. Julio Pow-Sang was his surgeon. Don did have a good recovery with no problems directly related to surgery. His cancer had escaped so he was restaged. Even so, he believes surgery was right for him.

This is the web site if you'd like to check it out: http://www.moffitt.org/default.aspx

We wish you the best outcome and if we can answer any questions, please feel free to ask,

Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP Restage: T3A NX MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 CT shows distant lymph node involvement
Restage IV Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3
06/06/07 - 0.1


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/14/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ehud,
I live in S.E. Fla. and was pretty clueless 4 years ago when I was diognosed. I knew I didn't want the Doc that gave me the biopsy (long story) so I started looking around and doing some research. After talking to several doctors in my area I found a Uroligist I liked but he was inexperianced as far as surgury goes (under 100 RP's) so I descided to go up to Johns Hopkins after reading Dr. Walsh's book. Since then I have learned so much more about about PC and treatment options. Several guys here had their surgeries done at Jackson Memorial in Miami and speak very highly about them. I have also heard that it ranks very high as an overal hosptal. There is also the Clevland Clinic in Davie and the Mayo in Jacsonville so there are plenty of excellent choices here in the Sunshine state. Just as everyone here will tell you, get the best doc w/ the most experiance with whatever option you choose and be sure you are comfortable with him / her before you descide. Good luck.
Your friend,
Pete
54 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. Testosterone Theropy since 12/06. I am's what I am and that's all that I am!!! 


bluebird
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   Posted 6/15/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey ~ Ehud,

 

You’ve reached out… so stay with us!!!

We are all here for you….. in more ways than one. yeah

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

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Ehud
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/22/2007 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
This is Ehud's wife.  Thanks for all the help on this site.  We have been doing lots of research and reading numerous books as well as talking with people that have had surgery or seeds/radiation.  We also met with radiology oncologist. 
 
After talking with local urologist this week, robotic surgery is scheduled for July 9.  After learning he has done well over 200 robotic surgeries, we feel much better.  We asked numerous questions.   
 
We are ready to get this over and move on with life.
 
 
Age 57
Gleason 3+3 , 2 of 12 biopsy cores positive (40% and 5%) and 2 cores with HGPIN
PSA 1.3
Robotic surgery scheduled for July 9
 
 

Swimom
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   Posted 6/22/2007 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Arron Krongrad has probably done more laproscopic surgeries than any surgeon in the country. Laproscopic is as easy on the body as the robitic...just no robot.

Paul
 


NewJourney
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 6/22/2007 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Here are two stories I happen to come across this morning, both from Florida:
http://www.yananow.net/Mentors/EdH.htm
http://www.yananow.net/Mentors/JackL.htm.
Age: 52
PSA: 4.8
Stage: T1C
Prostate, right base, core biopsies:
Adenocarcinoma.
Gleason’s grade 3+3=6.
Carcinoma involving two core biopsies and 50% of sampled tissue with a linear measurement ofapproximately 3 mm.
Perineural infiltration present.


arb
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Total Posts : 36
   Posted 6/23/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Winter Park Urology in Winter Park Florida is who I used. Dr. Patel.....he ROCKS!! His bedside manner is professional and caring. He took the time to meet with us as much as we needed before the operation. He helped put me at ease. He works out of Florida Hospital and has over 250+ Davinci's under his belt in the past 3 years! Operations are done every Monday (3 of them) and there is always another doctor present.

I'd recommend him to anyone!

Aaron (look for my posts under arb)

bluebird
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   Posted 6/23/2007 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Link to Aaron's *arb's thread...

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41 with Diagnosis

 

 

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bluebird
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   Posted 7/7/2007 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~ Ehud & Ehud's wife,

 

                Welcome to…

                                      HealingWell

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                  A   Special   Warm Welcome  to  You!   yeah  

 

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Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers as you move forward… We are thrilled to know that you’ve stayed with us!!  I’m placing a link to your next thread so others can follow "Your Journey"…

Thank you for allowing us to walk with you both…

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy 

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Surgery scheduled


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

J  We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

 


COPNJAX
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/18/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 55 yrs. old and was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer last week. I also heard from my urologist here in N. Fla. that Dr. Krongrad was probably the best there is. Dr. Krongrad called me today and answered many of my questions. He seems genuinely concerned and assured me I had nothing to worry about. I'm scheduled for surgery by him on Aug. 14th, and I can't wait to get this "demon" out of my body!

COPNJAX
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 8/20/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my LRP (Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy) performed by Dr. Arnon Krongrad on Aug. 14th. I'm here to tell you, Dr. Krongrad is THE MAN! I researched before choosing Dr. Krongrad and found he's rated #1 in the U.S. for using the DeVinci robot for prostate surgery. He pioneered it's use in the U.S. and at the time of my surgery, there were two patients (one from France and the other from Japan) who were flying in to have Dr. Krongrad perform their surgery. I didn't even need so much as a Tylenol for pain afterwards. Yes, there was "some" discomfort but, it wasn't bad at all. I made a big mistake though, by smoking a cigarette a few hours after my surgery. I went unconscious, my face turned grey, my eyes were wide open but rolled back, I had a weak corotid pulse and I was starting to convulse. SO, my suggested is this: Do what Dr. Krongrad says and you'll be just fine!
He is truly blessed by God!

Dr. Krongrad, if you read these messages, I want to thank you again for ultimately "saving my life"! If I can EVER do anything for you, please let me know. By the way, I've stopped smoking after 40 yrs. of the nasty things!

John B. Frascello
Live to fish and ride,
 
John


COPNJAX
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   Posted 8/20/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, I forgot to tell folks how to find Dr. Krongrad. He practices out of Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Florida. His web-site is: www.laprp.com
Live to fish and ride,
 
John


JuRon9
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 8/20/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad that you all have had a positive experience with Krongrad. I live on the west coast of Florida and in May of 2003 I called Dr. Krongrad's office for a consult and was told by his receptionist that I would have to have $10,000 up front before he would do the surgery. At the time I had Anthem's Blue Cross/Blue Shield and was told by Anthem that he did except there insurance. I told them I didn't have that much money and instead traveled to Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis and had the LRP done there. Maybe he has changed his policy but he lost credibility with me.

Ron
62 W/M healthy DX PCA 6/1/2003
PSA 6.7 Gleason (3+4)=7, T1c.
6 biopsies sent: One positive- Right Apex involving 70% of specimen. Perineural invasion.
LRP 7/1/2003-Path. T2b Surgical margins clear, prostate 65.5 grams.
Largest cancer dimension: 1.7cm
location of largest tumor: Left posterior
Cancer Volume: 1.14cc
Extraprostatic extension: Negative
Seminal Vesicle invasion: Negative
PIN : present
% Gleason 4: 30%
Post TNM: pT2b
4 years still <0.1. Now 66yrs. old


gtmriviera
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Total Posts : 338
   Posted 8/21/2007 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll be having mine at Baptist in Pensacola.  Have any of you been there?  By the by, why is it Davinci?  Did he invent this too?
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